December 13 2013 Latest news:
Saturday, October 5, 2013
A church is to apply for thousands of pounds worth of grants so it can begin work to transform its green spaces.
New trees, flower beds and pathways are included in the proposals for St Peter and St Mary’s Church in Stowmarket.
Work would be carried out in The Park and the Old Churchyard to improve the look of the area and to tidy up places where people park.
The Rev Micheal Eden announced the plans at a Stowmarket Town Council meeting on Wednesday.
He said: “You see people sit there every day of the year – it’s not just there for members of the congregation – it’s for the use of the whole town.
“Parking is an issue – we all know it’s an issue in the town centre. There’s some need for parking in the churchyard – for a hearse or a limo for a wedding – but it’s seen as a place where you can park for free.
“The church is listed as the oldest building in Stowmarket and the biggest auditorium in Stowmarket – we have to look after it.”
Jon Pattle from The Stowmarket Society said: “There’s quite a lot of money which could be spent on doing this and we are willing to put effort in to sourcing funding.”
Mr Eden said he would ask The Church of England for money to help with the project.
The council voted to support the plans.